Microsoft probing work of Israeli facial recognition startup that it funded


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Microsoft probing work of Israeli facial recognition startup that it funded

Late on Friday, the 15th of November 2019, the Redmond, Washington-based American multinational tech conglomerate alongside a pioneer in cloud computing and UI-oriented (User Interface) Operating system, Microsoft Corp. engaged in manufacturing, licensing and sells of computer software, electronics, personal computer alongside related services, had made a public announcement saying that the US-based tech Goliath had hired a former US Attorney General, Eric Holder, who served as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States between 2009 and 2015, in a bid to conduct a sweeping investigation on whether the usage of a facial recognition technology developed by an Israeli start-up that it funded would be complying with its ethic principles.

In point of fact, latest Microsoft probe on Tel Aviv-based Israeli start-up AnyVision comes over the heels of a steep scrutiny from Israeli lawmakers alongside media reports from NBC News alongside Haaretz’s TheMarket business newspaper, which claimed that the AnyVision had been misusing the Microsoft-funded technology to put Palestinians residing in the West Bank under 24/7 surveillance, nonetheless, the AnyVision had declined the accusations made by NBC News, however the software start-up declined to comment over the subject-matter while being asked on Saturday (November 15th).

Nonetheless, it remained to be seen whether AnyVision’s facial recognition software would comply with Microsoft Corp.’s legal ethics that announced last year saying, “The company would advocate for safeguards for people’s democratic freedoms in law enforcement surveillance scenarios and will not deploy facial recognition technology in scenarios that we believe will put these freedoms at risk. ”